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5 Blockbusters Filmed on Tybee Island

Big-budget filmmakers have been featuring Tybee Island in their movies for some time now. How many of these have you seen?

1. The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

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Photo courtesy of Savannah Morning News

Spongebob filmed his second feature film on Tybee during the late summer and early fall months of 2013. Locals were featured as extras, and sightings of such household celebrities as Antonio Banderas were not uncommon. Nearby downtown Savannah was also featured in the finished product. Watch the trailer here, and spot your favorite Tybee scenes!

Release date: February 6, 2015

Starring: Antonio Banderas, Tom Kenny, Clancy Brown

2. The Last Song

Photo courtesy of Filmofilia

Photo courtesy of Filmofilia

Hopeless romantics rejoiced when Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth and Greg Kinnear arrived on set to create the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ book, The Last Song. From June through August 2009, cast and crew could be spotted everywhere from downtown Savannah to Tybee Island. Many locals and tourists alike got their 15 minutes of fame in the background of the scenes!

Release date: March 31, 2010

Starring: Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth, Greg Kinnear

3. The Conspirator

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Photo courtesy of Lionsgate

Robert Redford’s historical drama was filmed at Fort Pulaski and functioned as the military prison that housed the film’s protagonist. The fort made for the perfect Civil War setting, and even inspired the filming location of Abraham Lincoln vs. The Zombies in late 2011.

Release date:  April 15, 2011

Starring: James McAvoy, Robin Wright, Kevin Kline, Evan Rachel Wood, Justin Long, Alexis Bledel

4. Dirty Grandpa

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Photo courtesy of Lionsgate

The star-studded cast of this irreverent comedy filmed their spring break scenes on Tybee’s quirky beach on April 27 through May 5. The box office success brought many big names to the island, a thrilling sight for lucky tourists who got a surprising treat during their stay!

Release date: January 22, 2016

Starring: Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Aubrey Plaza, Julianne Hough, Zoey Deutch

5. Baywatch

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Photo courtesy of The Hollywood News

Arguably the largest film hosted by Tybee Island, the reboot of Baywatch is currently filming. An open casting call has given tourists and locals a spot in the limelight, and onlookers can watch the action from afar. It’s an exciting time for our beautiful island!

Release date: May 19, 2017

Starring: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Zac Efron, David Hasselhoff, Hannibal Buress, Priyanka Chopra


Jess Brjess_brannen_headshotannen is Visit Tybee’s Social Media Coordinator. She graduated from Armstrong State University with her BA in English and Professional Communications. Jess is a Savannah native and
loves playing with Sir Charles Barkley, her neurotic golden retriever, and watching reruns of Martha Stewart’s cooking shows while eating chocolate. 


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